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Premier-designate issues second list in Cabinet reshuffle

By Loa Iok-sin and Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  STAFF REPORTERS

Premier-designate Chang Chun-hsiung (張俊雄) last night released another Cabinet reshuffle list.

A statement released by the Government Information Office last night said that Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Wong Chin-chu (翁金珠) would be the new chairwoman of the Council for Cultural Affairs and Deputy Chairman of the Council of Indigenous Peoples Icyang Parod would become chairman of the council.

Meanwhile, Minister of the Interior Lee Yi-yang (李逸洋), Minister of Education Tu Cheng-sheng (杜正勝), Minister of Justice Morley Shih (施茂林) and Minister of the Department of Health Hou Sheng-mou (侯勝茂) will retain their current posts, the statement said.

Chairman of the Council of Agriculture Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全), Director of the National Palace Museum Lin Mun-lee (林曼麗), Chairman of the National Council on Physical Fitness and Sports Yang Chung-ho (楊忠和) and Chairman of the Council for Hakka Affairs Lee Yung-te (李永得) will also retain their posts, the statement said.

Meanwhile, Chang said yesterday that party factions were not a factor in his selection of new Cabinet members.

Chang made the remarks after announcing on Wednesday that Vice Minister of Transportation and Communications Chen Chin-jun (陳景峻) would be the new Cabinet secretary-general.

The announcement came as a surprise following reports by Chinese-language newspapers on Wednesday that Minister Without Portfolio Lin Si-yao (林錫耀) would be appointed as the new secretary-general.

The changes gave rise to speculation that the replacement reflected dissatisfaction with the Democratic Progressive Party's disbanded New Tide faction, of which Lin was a member.

Former New Tide faction leader Tuan Yi-kang (段宜康) yesterday dismissed the speculation.

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